On the Rebound
Audi Dome, Munich – New FC Bayern Basketball head coach Svetislav Pešić may not cure everything that ills his team right away, but he has a message to his players:
“When you have the ball, when you have possession, that starts the play for your team,” explained Pešić to the media Friday afternoon at the weekly press conference. “And when you have possession, you can score. Without the ball, you can’t score.”
It it were only that simple.
Bayern will put that principle to the test Sunday afternoon when they host Telekom Baskets Bonn in a nationally televised game. Pešić will look to win his first game as the head coach of the team that has lost three games in a row. They sit one half game back of Bonn, a playoff team who are also struggling out of the gate at 5-5. Both clubs will be aiming to improve their record and clinch a spot in the BEKO BBL Cup.
Jared Homan talks about the coaching changes at Bayern and previews the game vs. Bonn.
During their losing streak, they have been outrebounded each time, specifically defensively. In those games at Bamberg, home to Braunschweig, and again away in Berlin, the Reds had chances to get back into the game. But the team just could not control the boards at the opportune moment and that has left the team in a funk. The loss against the New Yorker Phantoms, a team that at that time had only won two games, cost Yannis Christopolous his job as head coach. The team didn’t like the trend of the club and wanted to make the change before things got worse.
Step in Pešić. A legend in European basketball, leading the former country of Yugoslavia to both a junior and men’s world championship and the treble at FC Barcelona. Over the summer, he took over the German national team that is currently under transition from the star power of Dirk Nowitzki, and led them to an undefeated record during Eurobasket 2013 qualification. It was clear he was not going to make that job a long-term situation, as it was only a one year contract. After time off, the self-proclaimed basketball junkie is ready to get back on the court and his next challenge.
“Our goal is to make the Cup competition,” stated Pešić. “Before that, it’s not worth talking about the next goals.”
The first step in reaching that goal is the first win, and they welcome in the Telekom Baskets. They are coached by Michael Koch, who was part of the German team in 1993 that won the European championship coached by… Pešić. Bonn have five players who are scoring in double figures, led by Robert Vaden 13 ppg and Kyle Weems 12.5 ppg. The game against Bayern starts a tough stretch for them. After Munich, they host the s.Oliver Baskets and then travel to reigning champs Brose Baskets.
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